If you have old appliances you’re not using, you may want to store them instead of getting rid of them. Appliances aren’t cheap, so you may want to hold on to the ones you know work just in case you need a backup or if you know someone who may need it later. You can store these appliances in a storage unit so you don’t have them taking up space in your garage. However, you want to be sure you store appliances correctly. Otherwise, you may find that they don’t work when you need them.
Here are some tips for storing your appliances. If you have any questions about storing them, you can always ask the manager at the storage facility.
Run one last cycle. If you’re storing a dishwasher or washing machine, run them through one last cycle before you store them. Don’t put any items in the machine, but do use white vinegar or a bleach to help clean out the system.
Drain all liquids out. Make sure there is no liquid in any of the tanks, tubes, hoses, or other parts of the appliance. This will prevent the formation of mildew.
Clean out the interior of the appliance, especially if you’re storing an oven, dishwasher, or refrigerator. Any small food remnant will attract bugs. With a refrigerator, make sure you pull out the defrost pan and clean it. You’ll find it behind or underneath the appliance. For any appliance that uses water, clean the rubber seal that goes around the door. Mildew often forms around it.
Spray down any appliance that contained food with bug spray to keep them away.
Clean the exterior area of any appliance that features a motor. Make sure the intake area and vent are both clean. You may need to use a vacuum or, if the area is greasy, a brush.
Remove any fragile parts, glass shelves, or anything else that’s breakable. If your appliance has a finish that can be dented or scratched, wrap it in a blanket or other type of protective wrapping. Always move refrigerators upright instead of laying them down.
Securely tape the appliance door shut so that it won’t come open during transport. Make sure you use a tape that won’t leave any residue on the appliance. Once you’ve put it in storage, remove the tape and leave the door slightly open to keep mildew from forming.
Make sure the storage unit you’re using is right for your appliances. You may need a climate controlled unit if the weather tends to high extreme highs or lows. Climate controlled units will better protect your appliances from rust.
If you’re putting other items into storage, load them onto the truck or put them in the last load you’re taking. Load the appliances last or take them in the first load so that they go into the storage unit first. That way, you won’t have to move around them to find things in boxes.
Be sure the power is always turned off when you store appliances, even if the storage unit has outlets available.
Be sure any fragile parts of your appliances are protected. For example, you may want to store an oven with the door facing the wall to protect the glass.
Always keep the door to any appliance cracked open a bit to allow ventilation.
To avoid odors, you can open a box of baking soda and leave it in your appliances.
While you may have heard that you shouldn’t store items inside of stored appliances, you can do so if you carefully prepare. Make sure the appliance is dry and clean first. Don’t put heavy items in the appliance, and always leave room for air to flow through the appliance.
You can cover your appliances with a tarp or other breathable material if you want to protect it from dust, dirt, and scratches.